.... felt that never had a 30 point beat down felt so bad. I know I had written just early that day that my "anxiety meter" was in the green, and rarely had I felt less angst for an upcoming game, but while watching that game itself, I found that while my "anxiety meter" never left the green, my IRRITATION INDEX was off the chart right from the start. 1. It started during the pregame when the idiot announcers kept mentioning that the Pats weren't serious contenders for the superbowl because they lack a running attack. One would have thought that with all their resources that someone might have noticed that fully HALF the NFL had rushing attacks worse than the Pats INCLUDING the anointed GB Packers, and then they continued to ignore it while the Pats piled up close to 160 rushing yds over the course of the game, despite a horrible first half effort. 2. Then the game started, although it looked like no one told the Pats. Romeo did an excellent job mixing and disguising his defenses. It worked beautifully for most of the first half, but in the end the Pats did an excellent job (for the most part) in adjusting to what was happening and moved the ball well in the second half. I didn't participate in the game day thread, but I imagine it was on fire during the first half. 3. Later as the game wore on and the end result was clear, the pervading media message kept coming. The Pats aren't to be taken seriously as championship contenders, they were exposed by the Steelers and Giants. They are a function of an easy schedule, and "the good teams" like the Ravens won't have a problem against the "worst defense in the league". 4. I also hate that they all look so amazed by the statistical ineptitude of the Pats defense, given that BB is their coach. Again the Pats have RARELY been statistically dominant except in one area. Scoring D. Why do people keep forgetting that in 2 of the 3 superbowl years the Pats ranked in the mid 20's in total defense. (an area we should end up in by the final game) And that was in an era where they actually ALLOWED you to play some defense. 5. The final irritation was at the end of the game when the Pats were just running the ball with a rookie who was seeing his first real action, and they bring up the "running it up" card because KC couldn't stop a simple toss sweep on 4th a goal from the 6. They completely ignored that KC brought it on themselves by using all 3 of their TOs during that drive. It was clear that the object of the drive for the Pats wasn't to score, but to eat up the clock and give Vereen some work. If they hadn't called the TOs or played some run D the Pats wouldn't have scored. It was SO FAR from "running it up" that it really irritated me that they made it such a big point. It was like they were creating discussion topics for the haters 6. Finally all the damned injuries irritated me. Will it ever stop. The Light one particularly hurt. I know some of the media pukes blame BB. They are already proposing that he shouldn't have been in there, or that if BB hadn't passed the ball he wouldn't have gotten hurt. Just more ridiculous stuff adds to the IRRITATION INDEX. 7. Game thoughts a. I think Volmer's back is affecting his play. He hasn't been nearly as consistent as in the past. b. Tamba Hali might be going to Hawaii in February , but Solder OWNED him constantly when he was playing TE. Nate is likely going to be playing LT the next few weeks and I don't have problem with that. c. I couldn't help thinking how whinny Jet fans are when I watched our #3 C come in an play pretty well. When our LT goes out, and our RT goes out, and the Pats keep plugging in guys and the beat goes on. Meanwhile in Jet land, when Mangold missed just 2 games, their OL went completely to pieces NICE d. D Johnson, the Chief's ILB is a beast. e. Should we be concerned that only 4 of the 15 completions last night went to WRs. I know Brady said in his WEEI interview that he missed getting the ball to open WRs all night. If you listen to that interview and his post game comments, It's pretty clear that Tom Brady didn't think too much of the performance of the Patriots QB on Monday. f. You know me. I am the the LAST guy who shoves a player under the bus. I am usually the defender of the down trodden, but I wish someone would explain to me the value of Gary Guyton It seems that he's the guy who winds up NEXT to the guys who actually MAKE the tackle. Its almost like his only job is to be there help guys up off the pile. I long for the return of Dan Fletcher, and would rather see Tarpanian get reps than to see the same old Gary Guyton out there, The Pats have gotten good value from this UDFA on special teams an sub packages. But he's never progressed past his initial potential. He just doesn't have the football instincts that would make his speed a factor. Its time to move on from Gary Guyton. g. I think when Julian Edelman gets some real time as a WR, he's going to be a very productive receiver. Maybe not an all pro, but a guy who is going to catch a lot of balls. His quickness and speed were evident in that punt return...and its not the first time. h. Well at least we finally got a chance to see why we drafted Vereen. He definitely has that "burst" and suddenness we hoped for when he was drafted. Now that we've seen a little from both he and Ridley, I think we can be very hopefully about the next generation of Patriot RBs i. I saw that Marcus Cannon got some snaps at RT. Nice. I would appreciate it if anyone who records and breaks down the game, can tell me how he looked. ON the EAGLE GAME: a. Briefly this should be a real test. Despite their woes the Eagles truly ARE one of the more talented teams in the league and will be a dangerous and desperate team. The "anxiety meter" is already in the red, and when the first injury report comes out tomorrow its only going to get worse.